ROOTS: An Undeniable Piece of American History

Yes, I know that I am late posting my thoughts on ROOTS, so please don’t hold it against me. I have been so busy with work lately that my writing and my blog posts have been slipping. With that being said, let’s get to it. Let me first start off by saying the cast of ROOTS did a phenomenal job so whoever did the casting, big KUDOS to you. For those of you who may not know, ROOTS originally debuted as a miniseries in 1977 and it was based on Alex Haley’s novel ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family. I tried watching the original ROOTS many, many years ago, but I never could finish it. To be quite honest, it was a little hard for me to watch. When I found out that a remake of that award-winning series would debut on Memorial Day, I convinced myself that this was something worth watching no matter how uncomfortable or how painful it may be. Let’s face it, slavery in America did exist for a very long time and there is nothing you nor I can do about that horrible fact.

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Roots

Watching ROOTS was like watching a piece of my own family history play out in front of me and I honestly lost count how many times my heart broke. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to be betrayed by your own people, ripped from your own land and force fed a culture that was foreign and unknown to you. Not only that, to be treated like an animal or even worse than an animal because your skin color happened to be different. I find that to be shameful and inexcusable. To add insult to injury, countless families saw nothing wrong with reaping the fruits of their slaves’ back-breaking labor. I find it disgusting how they obtained their riches through the blood and sweat of countless slaves! It angers me at times to know that those before me were treated so harsh, so unjust and just plain cruel.

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Representation of a Slave Ship

I experienced a range of emotions while watching ROOTS and when it was all over, I felt empowered, even inspired by the resilience, strength and determination of those before me. It was a constant struggle for them to stay alive let alone survive, and I know that I am here today because of them. It is amazing how countless slaves lost their lives because all they ever wanted was to be FREE. I know one thing, I will never take my FREEDOM for granted. This miniseries will stay on my mind for a while, but I am glad that I watched it. We can’t change the past, but we can definitely learn from it.

Until next time…

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